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John Smith, a successful 24-year-old sales representative for an electrical firm, was invited by his boss for a day of salmon fishing off the Oregon coast. He stayed at a motel adjacent to the marina, and awoke at 4:00 a.m. They planned to leave the dock at 5:00 A.M.. Mr. Smith realized that he had forgotten to bring along his medication. He had been taking Dilantin regularly to control his grand mal epilepsy. He was sleepy from the early morning hour, but rising early was especially difficult because the Dilantin made him a little drowsy. He had set the alarm early to give himself a little extra time to be alert and ready. But no medication! A fishing trip with his boss! He couldn’t believe the predicament. What should he do? Should he risk a day—with less sleep than normal—without Dilantin? Should he somehow get lost and miss the boat? Should he feign illness and as politely as possible excuse himself from the trip? Should he make some effort to obtain Dilantin? In all, the grand mal seizures experienced by Mr. Smith, if added together, would equal less than 20 minutes. But the predicaments brought on by seizures or anticipation of them would have added considerable stress.

Keywords

Head Injury Status Epilepticus Partial Seizure Generalize Seizure Infantile Spasm 
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  • Leif G. Terdal

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